This is a digital document. This is a living document. Expect it to evolve.

Class meets on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 at the GC in room 3207

ITPCP Skills sessions will be on Wednesdays from 4:15-6-15 and potentially on Thursdays and Fridays. We have included key sessions run by other CUNY entities, which likely meet at other times. Due to CUNY bureaucratic processes, these sessions will be scheduled during the second week of the semester. We will add these to the syllabus at that time. The current session plan will be as follows (as per above, this will evolve):

Fundamental Skills (February):

  • Art+Feminism: Feb 17/23 Wikipedia – Likely will take place at Metro
  • Code Academy or One Month: HTML and CSS basics.
  • Responsive mobile CSS frameworks basics
  • Intro to Javascript & JQuery
  • So you want to make a mobile app?
  • Digital Fellows: WordPress 1 & 2
  • Library: Statistics software – R or SPSS or SAS

PLATFORMS (March/April):

  • Baruch: ArcGIS – Full day workshop on Feb 27, Mar 27, Apr 24 ($30)
  • Data Visualization (Ngram, Google Public Data Explorer and Gephi)
  • Digital Fellows:  GitHub
  • Digital Fellows:  Command Line
  • Omeka
  • Ebook publishing

Intermediate Skills (April/May):

  • PHP basics  OR Ruby on Rails (TBD)
  • Intermediate Python
  • xml/json/databases/structured data
  • What is an API?
  • Photoshop
  • Scalar
  • Teaching with Wikipedia

All students should register for accounts on the following sites: CUNY Academic Commons, Twitter, and Zotero. Remember that when you register for social networking accounts, you do not have to use your full name or even your real name. One benefit of writing publicly under your real name is that you can begin to establish a public academic identity and to network with others in your field. However, keep in mind that search engines have extended the life of online work; if you are not sure that you want your work for this course to be part of your permanently searchable identity trail on the web, you should strongly consider creating an alias. Whether you engage social media under your real name or whether you construct a new online identity, please consider the ways in which social media can affect your career in both positive and negative ways.

Non-digital texts for the course:

Go to see Citizenfour.

Week 1: Jan 28 – Introduction to the course, faculty, students

  • Intro/bios: faculty and students
  • Review of syllabus/requirements
  • Week-by-week breakdown
  • Wikipedia assignment
  • Proposal Abstracts
  • Final Project
  • Blog posting
  • Weekly commenting
  • Signing up as class motivators
  • Discussing use of online tools (Academic Commons)
  • Public, private, anonymous
  • Digital teaching and learning
  • New Media methods
  • Collaboration
  • Want vs Need
  • Scope Creep and Minimally Viable Product
  • Incorporating Failure into your process (Try again. Fail again. Fail Better.)
  • Learning how to learn
  • Skills Workshops, and the need to go (to avoid the bad kind of failure)
  • Wikipedia intro (user accounts, edit tab, basic BB Code)

Assigned: Introductory project ideas in blog post

Week 2: Feb 4 – Contexts and Practicalities

In this class we will explore ways of thinking through and analyzing a project before it begins and look into issues that can arise depending on the way in which the project realized.

Context Thinking about the What, Where, When, Why and How before you begin a project.The four little B’s (build, buy, borrow, beg). Which one is the right fit for your software project? When starting any software project this often the first consideration. Do you build it your self, buy it off the shelf, use free and open source software (borrow) or use some of the free web services out there (beg)?

Reading: Chris Stein, Contexts and Practicalities
This post is a reading in itself and provides links to the other readings for the week. There are a lot of links and you won’t need to read through and analyze every article thoroughly. They are there to help give context, support and detail to the arguments made in the post.

Motivators: Gwen

Week 3: February 11 – What does what OR How to get things done

Assigned: Project Abstracts

Less is more is both an aesthetic principle of modernism and a functional spec of agile development. Agile development has a long history. It takes its most recent, and quite popular form in Ruby on Rails, Basecamp/37Signals, and their Getting Real PDF. We will look at what it means to make less.

Every tool has a specific use. You can use a tea kettle to hammer in a nail, but you really shouldn’t. We will discuss some of the basic tools, and languages, and what each is used for.


Guests: Past ITP students to talk about their Independent study projects

Motivators: Patrick: DH tools, Anka: Getting Real

February 18 NO CLASS (Monday schedule)

Week 4: Feb 25 – Teaching, Learning, Technology

Assigned: Collaboratively written Wikipedia article. Please follow Wikipedia assignments on the on wiki syllabus


Motivators: Genevieve: Digital Divide, Robert: Online learning, Cailean: respondent.

Guests: Emalinda McSpadden and Cassidy Puckett

Week 5: Mar 4 – Acculturated Digital Identities

DUE: Add one well cited paragraph to an article related to your research. Submit a diff of your work to both Michael and Lisa’s talk pages. If you didn’t make it to the Wikis workshop, please watch this video, and do this training.

Most conversations about technology and education concern how to use computers in the classroom. And while software and connectivity may enhance many courses when used appropriately, their deeper value may be in the example they provide of how different technologies influence labor, learning, interaction, and thought. What are the biases of the technologies we are using, and how can we interrogate those biases from within the environment they have created?

Some examples:


Motivators: Wikipedia: Gioia , Non-Wikipedia: Rachel – Sara

Guest: Kara Van Cleaf, Macaulay Honors College & FIT

Saturday, March 7 – Art+Feminism Wikipedia Editathon

Michael is co-organizing a series of Art+Feminism Wikipedia Editathons, with over 60 locations worldwide. There will be several events in NYC. The main location will be MoMA, with satellites at the Brooklyn Museum, Columbia, The New School, and Abrons Arts Center.

Week 6: Mar 11 – Wikipedia: a Collaboration and a Society


Suggested texts: Free Culture FTW: Patrick; Dystopia: Joseph. Genevieve.


Guests: Ximena Gallardo C

Week 7: Mar 18 – Mid-semester project conversation

Workshop of your abstracts

Suggested Reading: Nathaniel Rich, “Silicon Valley’s Start-Up Machine,” New York Times, 2013.

Week 8: Mar 25 – Creating Successful Assignments


Motivators: Projects: Holly; Meta: Jeff

Guests: Jenny Kijowski, Macaulay Honors College; Adrienne Brundage, Texas A&M (via Skype)

Week 9: Apr 1 – Open Access, Open Educational Resources (future of the textbook), and Images


Motivators: Cailean, Anka


April 3-12 Spring Break

Week 10: Apr 15 – Digital Labor

DUE: Wikipedia Article


Motivators: Sissi, Gioia, Jeff

Week 11: Apr 22 – Failure

Readings (These may change over this semester):

Motivators: Sara, Robert.

Week 12: Apr 29 – Public, Private, Open, Owned


Motivators: Citiznfour: Holly, Rachel; Sissi: Zittrain; Joseph: Surveillance.

Guest: Gregory Donovan, Fordham University, http://cyberenviro.org/

Week 13: May 6 – Presentations

Week 14: May 13 – Presentations

Week 15: May 20 – Presentations

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